10-week courses

Freshen up technical skills and revive your creativity in the studios this Spring for 3 hours a week. TSA has a range of offerings for all skill levels in our 10-week courses.
3D Anatomy/Figure Sculpture

The course is an in-depth study of artistic anatomy through clay sculpting. We will be working from the life model, skeleton, anatomical models and charts. Old master drawings and sculptures will also be introduced. Students will learn how to see beyond the skin surface and st...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Previous experience sculpting with clay is recommended but not a must.
Abstraction in Acrylics

In this course, students will explore abstract painting and thinking while working with acrylic paints. Students will work through projects that explore the vast boundaries comprising the term “abstract art” while further developing their painting skills towards ac...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
1-week Intensives
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting course and have some experience with acrylic paint. WIMTER TERM: No class Friday, March 30, 2018 for Good Friday
Animal and Imaginary Sculpture

Students will learn how to go from a concept design or conceptual vision to the creation of a finished sculpture. The subject matter will range from animal sculpture to imaginary figurative sculpture. Various sculpting styles will be considered going from realistic to loose an...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This course accommodates both beginner and advanced students. Figure sculpture experience is recommended but not essential.
Chinese Brush Experiment - Ink and Wash

Learn various techniques of expression through unique brush art materials and the "free-hand" style of line-drawing, wash-and-ink, wash-and-colour, special effects, and contemporary techniques. Discover another understanding and existence of the art world. Unblock cr...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Detailed instruction and demonstration are provided. Professional mounting technique is also covered. No experience required. SPRING TERM: No class May 21 for Victoria Day.
Collage Explorations

This fun and challenging course will introduce the fundamentals of transforming papers through paper cutting processes and creating a wide range of collage works. We will work with a variety of intriguing papers and collage materials such as photo-based imagery, vintage m...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
1-week Intensives
10-week courses

Collage Explorations 2

This course is intended for students who have successfully completed Collage Explorations 1, and who wish to further their explorations. Students will work with found images, objects and text in combination with drawing, painting and a wide range of mixed media to cre...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This course is an appropriate follow-up to the Collage Explorations 1 course. If students have not taken this, they should have equivalent previous experience. WINTER TERM: No class held Mon., February 19 for Family Day. SPRING TERM: No class held Mon., May 23 for Victoria Day
Colour Mixing

Based in colour theory and the primary colour palette, this hands-on course focuses on developing proficient and accurate colour mixing. Through structured exercises and practice, students will develop their ability to make intuitive choices regarding saturation, temperature a...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This is an introductory level course that is suitable for painters who want to build their colour-language skills. Winter term: Note no class held Thurs., March 14. Make-up session to be held on April 5.
Digital Photography for Youth (Ages 13-16)

Students will learn the basics of digital photography through hands on technical instruction with a focus on artistic exploration. Camera functions, lighting techniques, file transferring and storing, Photoshop image manipulation, and printing will be explored. Students will l...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This is a 9-week course.
Digital Sculpting with ZBrush 1

ZBrush is the leading digital sculpting software in the industry. ZBrush feels very much like traditional sculpting and allows for limitless creativity. This course is geared towards beginner and intermediate students who wish to gain a solid foundation in digital sculpting. B...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

Drawing and Collage

Drawing and Collage is an innovative class for beginner students who wish to develop their skills in the foundations of drawing in combination with explorations in collage. This course combines the fundamentals of representational and expressive drawing with the collage proces...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. Students will draw from a nude model during one class.
Drips, Pours and Puddles: Acrylic Explorations

The defining characteristic of fluid painting techniques is to collaborate with gravity, directing the paint across the surface of the canvas or wood panel, orchestrating its tendency to pool, to drip and to spatter, inviting the painting to almost paint itself, and embracing ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Explorations in Figure Studies

This course is intended for students wishing to develop their figure drawing beyond simple representation. Using a variety of media, students will learn to take chances and create lively and thought-provoking works. Consideration will also be given to different ways of reactin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: The class will work from nude or costumed models.  The poses will range in length from gestures to 3 hours. It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing and/or figure drawing experience. This is a 9-week course.
Expressive Paint Handling

Expressive paint-handling is one of the most important qualities of a good work of art. Neglecting the improvement of your brush skills will always hold back your painting progress.  The terms “expressive” or “gestural” are used to describe a metho...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed. This is a 9-week course
Figure Concepts

This course is designed specifically for experienced or upper level students who wish to focus on conceptual development of their figurative work. Students will become aware of the idea of “the subject” when working with the figure. Historical and contemporary them...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Students are expected to have a solid foundation of figure painting skills. It is recommended that students have taken coursework in basic painting, life drawing and/or life painting, and image development, or equivalent. This is a 9-week course
Figure Sculpture: Portrait and Facial Expressions

This Figure Sculpture course will be focusing on Portrait and Facial Expressions working from the life model and using a step by step classical approach. This course is for those who wish to gain a stronger understanding of the human head proportions, structure, expressions an...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of experience.
Fluid Acrylic Abstraction on Paper

Abstract art, seemingly unrelated to the world of appearance, has been a cause of much consternation among the general public. This course will help deepen the student’s understanding of the various forms and degrees of abstraction and will include a short overview of 20...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This course is suitable for students who have taken Fundamental Acrylics or have some experience with Acrylic Paint.
Fundamental Oils (Spring)

This course provides both beginner and advanced students with practical and technical knowledge of the uses of oil paint. Designed to complement Introduction to Painting, this course will familiarize students with oil paints, a range of mediums, and their specific functions. D...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Please be punctual. A talk and demonstration begins at 6:10 pm sharp. Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience is recommended.
Fundamentals of Drawing for Youth (Ages 13-16)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, the development of perceptual skills and technical facility, as well as the exploration of drawing as an expressive medium and conceptual tool. Through in-clas...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This course also studies the human figure; a model (in athletic attire) will be used.
Glazed Over in Acrylics

Glazed Over will familiarize the Beginner and Intermediate-level student with Basic Acrylic principles. Starting with simple black and white images we will explore how to blend and mix paint in order to create depth and dimension. Special emphasis will be placed on working wit...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for beginners and intermediate students.
Illustrator/Photoshop

This introductory level course focuses on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, the industry standard software programs used by artists and designers alike. All aspects of Illustrator will be introduced, and students will learn how to create vector illustrations, edit and impo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
6-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This course uses Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Basic knowledge of Mac computers and Mac OS 10.x or extensive experience with Microsoft Windows. Basic knowledge of Photoshop. SPRING TERM: No class held Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day
Intermediate Drawing

This course is designed to further develop the student’s observational drawing skill set. Through in class projects students will work toward completed drawings with various types of dry media on various surfaces. Topics will include dry media and surface exploration, 2-...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: This course is intended for students who have some experience with drawing, it is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing, or have basic drawing skills. A nude model will be used. WINTER TERM: No class held Monday, February 19 for Family Day. SPRING TERM: No class Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day.
Intermediate Life Drawing

This course is designed to help students build confidence and sensitivity in their depictions of the human form. Beginning with some  review of the fundamentals of figure drawing, the course will move towards increasingly long poses. Students will be encouraged to work la...


LEVEL:
Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken the Introduction to Life Drawing course or have equivalent and recent life drawing instruction. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Drawing

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on observational drawing, the development of perceptual skills and technical facility, as well as the exploration of drawing as an expressive medium and conceptual tool. Through in-clas...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
6-week courses

NOTES: No experience necessary. This course also covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used. MONDAY CLASSES: Winter term: No class February 19 for Family Day. Spring term: No class May 21 for Victoria Day.
Introduction to Life Drawing

This course emphasizes basic drawing skills in gesture, contour, and tone. It is designed to teach students the skills necessary to render the figure in three dimensions, in both wet and dry media. Instruction in surface anatomy and proportion is included. Class sessions will ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course or equivalent. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used.
Introduction to Life Painting

Students will gain technical skills and knowledge in rendering the human form in paint. The course allows for direct visual observation of the figure while painting, but the ability to construct the figure from imagination and memory will also be stressed. Generally, poses are...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. This course covers studies in the human figure; a nude model will be used. Winter term: No class Friday, March 30, 2018 for Good Friday. Spring term: Section 204 is 9 weeks in length
Introduction to Painting

This course teaches foundation skills in the technical manipulation of paint, as well as in colour, structure, and content. The importance of direct visual observation and the creation of space and light illusion will be stressed. The instructor will also show how the same pro...


LEVEL:
Absolute Beginners
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. The spring 104 section will have a nude life model.
Introduction to Portrait Drawing

This course provides students with a foundation of drawing skills, initially using black and white drawing media and later some colour media, such as soft pastels. During the first part of the course, learning the "landscape" of the human head and face is the fo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
8-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Spring term, Monday section: No class May 21 for Victoria Day.
Life Drawing 2: The Body, Clothing, and Costume

This 10-week course will focus on drapery and clothing on the human form. Beginning with a review of key principles of figure drawing (gesture, mass) with nude models, the course will look at the how fabric behaves on the human form. Key types of folds will be reviewed, and mo...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: While the majority of the course will be drawing people dressed, there will be some use of nude models as well.
Multiples and Mouldmaking

Artists create multiples to emphasize a contemplation of form, to challenge us to see difference or the unique in the face of repetition, to ask questions about value in an age of disposable, identical consumer products or as a meditation on the very process of making. In this...


LEVEL:
All Levels
LENGTH:
6-week courses
10-week courses

Painting 1 and 2

This is an ongoing, mixed-level studio course with an emphasis on development and expansion of visual language skills. Students are encouraged to work on structured exercises that lead to developing individual projects. We will explore fundamental painterly concerns such as li...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience. Media: Acrylic or oil paint. Safflower oil or Walnut oil will be used for demos in this course. Please notify the office or instructor if you are allergic to walnuts.
Painting the Clothed Figure

Students will explore observational figure painting through three poses of a clothed model, the pose length will be a three-week, four-week and a five-week pose consecutively. We will discuss proportion, shape, value, light and colour theory, both in reference to the understan...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience.
Perspective Drawing

Through in class lecture, exercises and projects, both with rulers and free hand drawing, this course will examine the principals of one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective, as well as the most common perspective problems encountered by artists and the...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
12-week courses
3-day workshops
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Drawing or have basic drawing skills. This course will also reference perspective and the human form, nude model will be used.
Skin Deep: Acrylic Explorations

An acrylic “skin” is a dry film that can be made of acrylic paint or acrylic medium that is not attached to any surface. Fluid acrylics work well because the consistency allows for easy pouring and spreading. Skins can then be glued down flat with a medium or gel. ...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Suitable for all levels of painters.
Structural Drawing

Examine the “building blocks” of the complex world around you. Intended for novice but committed or intermediate level students, this ten-week course is more analytical than expressive in its approach. The focus is on rendering a convincing depiction of three-dimen...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
8-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Drawing course, or have some drawing experience.
Studio Painting 2 and 3

Studio Painting 2 and 3 will introduce large-scale painting approaches to works greater than 20" x 24".

Approaches to painting in both oils and acrylics will be discussed and demonstrations will be done by the instructor in acrylic. Emphasis will be on deve...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
12-week courses
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended that students have taken an Introduction to Painting or Beyond Basic Painting course, or equivalent. Painting demos will be done with acrylics, and the respective oil mediums will be discussed.
The Painters' Studio

This course focuses on expanding the student’s ability to work independently and creatively, with the support and mentorship of the instructor. Students can work with images or abstractions; this will be addressed on a one-on-one basis with the instructor. The course wil...


LEVEL:
Intermediate-Advanced
LENGTH:
10-week courses
12-week courses
10-week courses

NOTES: It is recommended students have taken an Introduction to Painting course, or have some painting experience. Any demos will be done in acrylics. All paint mediums allowed; students can use either acrylics or oils. Oil painters are encouraged to engage in a safe studio practice using contemporary non-toxic oil mediums.
Watercolour 1 and 2

This course will provide a fundamental approach to watercolour, for both the beginner and advanced student, with an emphasis on transparency, colour mixing, brushworks, washes and illumination while being true to the John Singer Sargent approach to the medium. Studen...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: This class will incorporate and accommodate various skill levels. Returning students are welcome.
Watercolour Woodblock Printmaking

This is a comprehensive course exploring relief printmaking techniques on wood, using watercolour and Yamamoto Rice paste. During the program, students will learn how to register their images on the blocks, cut their images into the blocks, prepare paper for printing, and prin...


LEVEL:
Introduction-Intermediate
LENGTH:
10-week courses

NOTES: Please come with ideas for projects.
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